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The Today File

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May 26, 2014 at 12:01 AM

A close-to-home look at tough problems in the VA, and hopeful treatment for PTSD

This blog post has been updated

The News Tribune in Tacoma has written a two-day package of stories about the VA’s troubled health-care system and its effects on veterans here in the Puget Sound area.

Along with looking at the nationwide issues facing veterans seeking health care from the many VA facilities around the country, the newspaper looks at local cases of individuals who had to wait for a very long time for treatment. It also looks at one case in which it’s alleged that the agency’s inaction led to the death of a Vietnam veteran.

The News Tribune’s stories began with a piece about an Olympia man who waited eight months for treatment of injuries that caused him constant pain and left him with thoughts of suicide.

Here are the first day’s stories from The News Tribune:

Overload at the VA: Flood of cases, long waits for medical care;

Family sues VA Puget Sound over slow response to skin cancer that killed Army veteran

On Day 2, The News Tribune concluded its look at the VA with a story about intensive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. According to the story, 30 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in the VA system seek care for PTSD, and one of VA Puget Sound’s most serious treatment regimens takes patients out of their homes for weeks at a time to work through the mental-health issues that can ruin their relationships and careers.

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